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Dutch government to appeal landmark climate change ruling

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02/09/2015

 The Dutch government is appealing a landmark court ruling that ordered it to slash greenhouse gas emissions, in a case seen as a possible precedent for similar legal action around the world. The government announced Tuesday it will appeal the June ruling that it must cut emissions by at least 25 percent by 2020 from benchmark 1990 levels. But the government added that it also will begin ...

Joint IEA-NEA report details plunge in costs of producing electricity from renewables

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02/09/2015

The cost of producing electricity from renewable sources like wind and solar has been falling for several years. Now, a new report provides in detail the contrasting costs for different power generation technologies around the world and shows that renewable sources can produce electricity at close to or even below the cost of new fossil fuel-based power stations. The report, Projected Costs ...

Greener cities are cooler cities – Urban density helps save the environment

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03/09/2015

For the first time in human history, more than half the world now lives in cities. Later this century, the proportion could rise to two-thirds. Even without global warming because of a build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, itself the consequence of fossil fuel combustion, the cities are feeling the heat. That is because dark materials and hard surfaces – tarmacadam, brick, cement, ...

DEKRA Insight Inks Exclusive Agreement to Add Fatigue Risk Management Services with RoundTheClock Resources

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02/09/2015

Global safety consulting, testing, and advisory firm DEKRA Insight, today announced a partnership with noted organizational psychologist Dr. Susan Koen (CEO) and consulting firm RoundTheClock Resources, Inc. (RTC) for exclusive integration of RTC’s proprietary fatigue risk management and brain-centric reliability services into DEKRA Insight’s workplace safety services. RoundTheClock ...

Real-time car exhaust monitoring with IONICON PTR-MS

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02/09/2015

IONICON PTR-MS is known for being an analytical technique to quantify hydrocarbons and VOCs with high sensitivity and in real-time. The capability to monitor emissions in real-time is particularly useful for recording the fast changing conditions in the combustion process and to assess the impact of control technologies. Especially the initial cold start phase in cars, which is ...

Drilling boom brings rising number of harmful waste spills

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03/09/2015

Carl Johnson and son Justin, who have complained for years about spills of oilfield wastewater where they raise cattle in the high plains of New Mexico, stroll across a 1 1/2-acre patch of sandy soil - lifeless, save for a scattering of stunted weeds. Five years ago, a broken pipe soaked the land with as much as 420,000 gallons of wastewater, a salty drilling byproduct that killed the shrubs and ...

Washington sues feds over safety of nuclear waste tanks

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03/09/2015

Washington state is suing the federal government again over cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation - this time over the danger posed to workers by vapor releases from underground waste-storage tanks. In a federal lawsuit filed in Spokane on Wednesday, state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said the U.S. Department of Energy has known about vapors sickening workers at the site since at least the ...

Meet us at the VGB Conference “Chemistry in Power plants”

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02/09/2015

This year the VGB Conference “Chemistry in Power plants” will take place in the Maritim Hotel Berlin-Tiergarten. The conference offers a lot of information concerning Innovations and solutions in the area of water treatment. Still a highly relevant topic is Legionella in cooling systems. A lot of interesting lectures will be held concerning this topic. Another big topic is the ...

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